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Mark Rodgers

Lecturer, Music History

Mark Rodgers - Music History 2018

markrodgers@umass.edu

364 Fine Arts Center

Mark Rodgers is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BA, Music and Comparative Literature), the University of Oxford (MSt, Musicology, with distinction) and Yale University (MA and MPhil, Music History). He will receive his PhD in Music History from Yale in 2018.

His dissertation, “Renaissance Formalisms in the Cultural Archive of Tonality,” concerns the history of tonality and Italian vernacular song of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Rodgers has presented this work at several national conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, and the Renaissance Society of America.

His current research continues this project in two ways: first, by expanding its scope to include adjacent song traditions in French, Spanish, and English; and second, by situating European music of the period within the regional and global trade networks that sustained it, thus linking its material and conceptual infrastructure to their colonial entanglements.

He is also an enthusiastic teacher and, for his teaching at Yale, he was awarded the Prize Teaching Fellowship. Apart from his teaching and research, he enjoys baking bread, hiking and camping, yoga, cycling, playing baseball, and watching the Boston Red Sox.